Photo Credit: Josh Hasten - Gush Etzion Foundation
The agricultural eco-terrorism in Gush Etzion continues. Tuesday night, following a string of arson and thefts in the Kibbutz Kfar Etzion orchards, Arab rioters came again to the groves on Givat Ha’Mukhtar, located between Kfar Etzion and the Arab town of Beit Ummar, and set fire to a number of cherry orchards using burning tires.
Heavy damage reaching tens of thousands of dollars was caused to trees, grids and irrigation pipes. Also, the arson took place at the height of the cherry picking season, only a few days before the traditional cherry picking festival of Gush Etzion.